The 10 Benefits of New Windows
Nov 13, 2021
Windows play a major role in the livability of a home. Windows allow natural light to stream through and make the inside of a home pleasant. They also offer nice breezes in nice weather. In bad weather, they help to protect the home from the elements. Getting new windows is also a nice way to improve your home, whether you’re staying to enjoy the benefits or looking to raise the value of your home in order to sell.
New Windows Can Increase a Home’s Value
Just about any home improvement project can help to increase a home’s value. If you’ve replaced the windows with new ones, then the fact that they’re new adds value to a home. Window technology has improved over the years, so new windows are going to be more effective at lowering energy bills than older windows. Newer windows are less likely to have a draft and you (or a new owner) will have longer until they require repair or maintenance.
New Windows Improve a Home’s Curb Appeal
First impressions matter when it comes to home buying. Curb appeal plays a major role in a home’s overall value. New windows can help improve a home’s appearance and therefore its curb appeal. In fact, you can recover up to 72% of the cost of the windows in increased value to the home. Updating your windows can either make your home fit in with the rest of the neighboring houses or can make it stand out.
New Windows Can Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency
New windows are better able than older windows to keep the cold or heat out of a home because they’re better insulated. This means that the heating and cooling systems within the home don’t have to work as hard to keep the house warm or cool. This increased energy efficiency helps to save on energy bills.
New Windows May Offer UV Protection
Some new windows come with built-in UV protection. With UV protection, home owners can enjoy the benefits of sunshine streaming in through their windows without having to worry about sunburns or the risk of skin cancer. UV protection doesn’t just help the occupants of a house. It can also increase the lifespan of furniture and flooring. UV protection can also help to reduce the heat that comes into the house through the windows.
New Windows Offer Low-Maintenance Solutions
In the past, windows may have required more work to maintain and to clean. New windows can reduce the amount of maintenance needed just by being newer. They’ll open and close more smoothly. Plus, new windows are often engineered to be easier to clean. Some windows have blinds in between the glass panes, which would minimize the dusting needed to keep them clean. Other windows may tilt so that the panes are easier to reach during cleaning.
New Windows Can Reduce Dust and Allergens
Many people are allergic to dust. If you purchase new windows that have built-in blinds in between the glass panes, you’ll reduce the surface area on which dust can collect. This can help to reduce the amount of dust that ends up in the air inside the home that could trigger an allergic reaction.
New Windows Are Safer
Over time, old windows can become stuck shut. This may be because they’ve been painted shut or because the wooden frame has expanded in such a way that the window no longer opens. Windows can function as emergency egresses in the event of a fire or other emergency. New windows can therefore help make a home safer by offering more ways to escape the home in an emergency.
Tempered or laminated glass in particular can be safer than regular glass. This is because the glass is coated in a safety glaze that causes the glass to break into small particles instead of large glass shards should the window break.
New Windows Are More Secure
New windows typically offer security options that aren’t available with older windows. These features may include sensors and more secure locks to make sure that they aren’t opened in an unauthorized way.
New Windows Improve the Comfort of a Home
While new windows do improve a home’s value, they can be a good investment if you’re planning to sell. However, new windows can also just make a home a nicer place to live. They’re therefore a good investment for the homeowner’s own comfort. They can help a home feel more comfortable in temperature and also bring in a lot of good natural light.
New Windows Can Reduce Noise
Noise pollution from neighbors or the city in which a home is located can make a home less pleasant to live in and even negatively impact health. The windows are points of entry for noise because they reduce noise less than a wall does. New windows are more insulating, however, and therefore can help to decrease the amount of exterior noise that can enter a home.
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